So far these are only the coaches we know could be interested in the Utes job. It doesn't mean anyone on this list will be offered, or that they even want the job. But it currently gives us a better understanding of where the program stands.
I'll list them in no particular order.
- Larry Krystkowiak: He coached at Montana for two years, going 42-20 before resigning and taking an assistant position with the Milwaukee Bucks. Krystkowiak played college ball at Montana and played one season for the Utah Jazz during the early 1990s. He has western ties and could possibly be looking to get back into the college ranks after the Bucks have struggled this season.
- Mark Fox: Currently in his third year at Nevada, where he's gone 75-18. Fox took over for Trent Johnson, who left the program for the head coaching position at Stanford. It's unclear if Fox wants to leave Reno, but if offered the right amount of money, I definitely think he could be pulled away. Fox has a strong regional resume, coaching at Washington and Nevada.
- Reggie Theus: It's rumored Theus said he was very interested in the Utah position. The current New Mexico State coach has regional ties, and also coached under Rick Pitino prior to accepting the job with the Aggies.
- Donnie Daniels: He told a local paper he would listen if Utah called, but it's unclear if they have or will in the future. Daniels spent time as an assistant for the Utes and had an unsuccessful stint as Cal State Fullerton's head coach. He's now an assistant at UCLA under Ben Howland. The fact he's a link to the Majerus era could help excite fans, however he was an utter failure as the Titans coach and that could be a tough sell for the fans.
- Randy Rahe: Mostly on this list because of his ties to the Utah program the first two years under Ray Giacoletti. He's in his first year at Weber State and currently has them on the brink of an NCAA Tournament appearance. You can't deny he did a great job there, taking a team that finished in last place a year ago to the top of the conference this year. This is probably an option Hill will use if he can't get any high profiled candidate.
Again these are candidates that might have shown interest in the Utah job. I actually think the chances are high that Utah's next coach isn't on this list. But currently everyone is being tight lipped about this and probably will continue to do so until some of the coaching candidates finish up their season. Hopefully we can add some names to this list in the coming days.